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2010 Mar 11

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT: Five Keys to Texas A&M

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After a surprising 75-60 win over Missouri on Wednesday, NU's bid for a second-straight upset hinges on these five factors:

Attack: Unlike Mizzou's extending pressure defense, Texas A&M's prefers to defend at or just below the 3-point line. That means NU's guards - specifically Lance Jeter, Ryan Anderson and Sek Henry - have to dive into the, create kick out opportunities and draw fouls.

Munich Man: Christian Standhardinger rode the bench for the entire Missouri game, but the German import's offensive game should be more effective against the Aggies. Look for head coach Doc Sadler to give him quality, if not extensive, minutes.

Sek's Trek: Henry, along with Brandon Richardson, will most likely draw the defensive assignment of guard Donald Sloan - a controlled, smart guard with one of the Big 12's best mid-range games. Henry has to play Sloan tightly without fouling. Sloan uses his body wisely, and gets a lot of calls.

Wipe the Glass: A&M is likely to abuse Nebraska on the defensive boards - so offensive execution is a must. Where NU has to battle is in keeping the Aggies off the offensive boards. Eight or less would be an accomplishment and recipe for victory.

Don't Settle in Transition: Nebraska did an excellent job of controlling tempo vs. Missouri by pulling the ball out for long possessions. A&M is just the opposite: Push the slower, more methodical Aggies, and don't let them set up their strong interior defense.

Tags: big 12 tournament, mbb, five keys, ryan anderson, donald sloan, sek henry, christian standhardinger, lance jeter

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